Weekend Tours

Monterrico on Guatemala's Pacific Coast

Monterrico on the Pacific coast of Guatemala is only a good two hours' drive away from Guatemala City and Antigua Guatemala, which has made it a popular destination for weekend trips among both Guatemalans and foreign travelers. The laid-back atmosphere is ideal for those who want to take it easy for a few days and enjoy the beach and the Pacific ocean.

Monterrico used to be a small fishing village and has only recently appeared on the radar of travelers. Even on busy days the beach is not crowded and you'll have plenty of space to yourself. Monterrico lies in the heart of the Monterrico Nature Reserve, which was established in 1981 to protect the mangrove swamps that surround the island.

The beaches in and around Monterrico are also important breeding grounds for several species of sea turtles, which lay their eggs in the warm sand. To protect the eggs, turtle farms have been established that collect the eggs and take them to their grounds where they can develop undisturbed and protected from predators.

After the turtles hatch, they are released back into the ocean. The turtle releases are popular events and both locals and travelers like to participate, watching "their" baby turtles crawl across the beach and disappear into the ocean.

Visit Monterrico and spend a couple of days on the beach!

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Monterrico

Weekend Tour to Monterrico

Monterrico on Guatemala's Pacific coast is a great place to relax and have fun

The Pacific beach in Monterrico is a popular destination for weekend trips among Guatemalans and travelers alike. It is easy to reach by shuttle bus from Antigua Guatemala, which makes it a great destination for a weekend tour while you study Spanish in Antigua.

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Tour Schedule

Weekend tours to Monterrico are available every weekend, year round.

Day 1 (Saturday)
You will be picked up at your homestay or hotel at 8 am. The drive to Monterrico takes approximately 2.5 hours.
After you've checked into your hotel, you can spend the rest of the day on the beach.
Day 2 (Sunday)
In the morning you can stay at the beach or go on a boat tour of the nearby mangrove swamps, which takes about 2-3 hours. During the turtle breeding season (June to December) you can also visit a turtle farm.
The shuttle back to Antigua leaves Monterrico at 3 pm and you'll be back in Antigua around 5:30 pm.
Monterrico

Weekend Tour to Monterrico

The beach in Monterrico consists of dark volcanic sand

Monterrico

Weekend Tour to Monterrico

The beach in Monterrico is rarely crowded and you have lots of space to have fun

Monterrico

Weekend Tour to Monterrico

Monterrico is a great place to relax and have a good time!

Monterrico

Weekend Tour to Monterrico

Monterrico is a great place to relax and have a good time!

Monterrico

Weekend Tour to Monterrico

The release of baby turtles from the turtle farms is a major attraction in Monterrico

Monterrico

Weekend Tour to Monterrico

Monterrico is surrounded by mangrove swamps, which can be visited by boat

Prices and Terms

Package Price:
2-day Monterrico Tour: US$100.00 per person

Included: Round-trip transportation by shuttle bus, 1 night hotel

Not included: Meals, drinks, tips, boat tour of the mangrove swamps, tour of the turtle farm

Payment: Payment in full must be received at least 7 days before the tour begins; or at the time of booking if less than 7 days before the tour.

Cancellation policy: Full refund minus a US$20.00 cancellation fee if you cancel more than 7 days before the tour begins. No refund or credit for later cancellations or no-shows.

Additional Information

Monterrico is a fishing village that has only recently begun to develop into a popular tourist destination. The infrastructure is still somewhat on the basic side.

Internet access is available in Monterrico, but tends to be slow and more expensive than in Antigua Guatemala.

Unlike the beaches on Guatemala's Caribbean coast, the beach in Monterrico is black or dark gray volcanic sand. On a sunny day the sand can get very hot and you'll need to wear shoes.

The release of baby turtles is a major attraction in Monterrico. Turtle breeding season is from June to December. The turtle farms can be visited year round, but outside of the breeding season there's not much to see there.